Two years ago, Jason “Cowboy” Huggins testified against Joshua Larson in a drug possession and grand theft case. This week Larson may have gotten his revenge by chasing Huggins, who was gay, through Hillcrest Canyon and smashing his head in with a rock. Huggins sustained severe brain damage and later died at San Diego’s Scripps Mercy Hospital.
Justin Newman, a close friend, said of Huggins:
“He was the person that, even though in the last six months he was homeless, he’d still give someone the shirt off his back. He’d go out of his way to help people. He was one of the good ol’ boys, one of the last few in the gay community who was genuine and cared about everybody no matter what they were going through. He was always nice; it didn’t matter. He cared about and loved everyone. You would never see him without his cowboy hat, a huge belt buckle and cowboy boots. It was his trademark.”
He had one of those infectious personalities. He always made sure he was cracking jokes to make people laugh. Everyone loved him so much. It didn’t’ matter how bad his life was toward the end, he was still making people laugh. That’s why he was loved so much.”
San Diego police arrested 37-year-old Larson in connection with the murder.
Huggins’ family will hold the service in Clarksville, Tennessee where he spent most of his early life. Anyone who would like to contribute to help out Huggins’ family with travel and funeral expenses may contact Newman at 619-800-2105 or via e-mail at [email protected]
But then there’s also the story of a 28-year-old Philadelphia man named John Joe Thomas who reportedly killed 70-year-old Murray Joseph Seidman by hitting him ten times in the head with a sock filled with rocks and batteries. The two used to go to church and grocery-shopping together.
While there’s no definite confirmation Seidman was gay, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Thomas claimed, “Seidman had been making advances toward him over a period of time. Thomas said he read in the Old Testament that homosexuals should be stoned in certain situations,” and so he did. Thomas called police and said he discovered the body. When they arrived, the police found him sitting in a hallway crying. Thomas told them, “I’m not going down there again. There is too much blood.”
Seidman, who had appointed Thomas as the executor and sole beneficiary of his will, had been rotting for five days in his apartment before police discovered his body.